New Delhi: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Thursday said Pakistani artistes should not be given work visas as they may pass on sensitive information about the country. The FTII chief further said that cricketer-turned-commentators should also not be allowed in the country.
“India does not need talent from outside. Not just actors, but even cricket commentators from Pakistan should not be allowed here. One never knows what sensitive information they take away from here, along with the money that goes out of the country with them,” Chauhan told ET when asked about the controversy over Pakistani actors working here.
Chahuhan made a point that directors who want to hire Pakistani artistes should go to Pakistan and shoot.
“Directors who want to hire Pakistani artistes should go to Pakistan and shoot. I don't know how permissions are given there,” he said.
Soon after the NDA govt came into power, Chauhan had written to the home ministry, asking them to stop issuing work visas to Pakistani actors.
“I had raised the issue then and I raise it now. I spoke to MoS for home Kiren Rijiju in 2014 and he said the issue will have to be taken to Parliament for approval. Why should we entertain Pak artistes?”